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your time with us for this latest section of "cnn saturday morning," but i'll be back with you at the top of the hour with more live news. >>> do american schools need to be re-engineered to prepare our kids in science and math? good morning, everyone. i'm christine romans. coming up, sesame street bought to you by the letters stem. elmo is here to explain. plus, is college worth it? bill gates, richard branson, steve jobs, they don't have a college degree. why do you need one? and millions of students are learning math for free from sal con. what you can learn from him. first, the kig talker of the week. hold your kid back from kindergarten at your child's peril. a recent "new york times" op-ed says parents who think they're giving their child an edge holding them back a year from kindergarten may actually set them back. co-wrote the piece and the co-author of "welcome to your child's brain" and she joins us now. good morning, sandra. you say in the long run, 5-year-old kindergartners do better than 6-year-old kindergartners. why? >> because school makes kids smarter. the expe
and the co-author of "welcome to your child's brain" and she joins us now. good morning, sandra. you say in the long run, 5-year-old kindergartners do better than 6-year-old kindergartners. why? >> because school makes kids smarter. the experience of being young in class makes kids work harder and as a result they learn more. the kids who are oldest in the class are already doing pretty well and they're not motivated to work as hard. >> there's so many moms and datdads who think this red shirting a sports term, but holding their kid back one year is going to let them mature a little bit. maybe be a little more confident when they head into kindergarten nap is a miscon jepgs you say that's hurting children. parents listening now are saying, should realize, they shouldn't hold their kid back? >> that's right. and the reason is because kids don't learn in a vacuum. people are social learners, and so kids will learn much better if they have older classmates with better social skills and better academic skills to look up to than they will when they're the only people in the class with their l
to school every day. why? and let's fix it. but first, paying the bank to use your own money. by now, you have heard that bank of america wants to charge a $5 fee to use a debit card. it is a trend. citibank moved to end free checking and chase in some states will be charging similar purchase fees. consumers as you might already know are not very happy about it. greg mcbride is an analyst at bankrate.com and legal ger at fortune. people are so mad and we all know that free checking is dwindling. that's down from 76% two years ago. the answer if you hate the fees is community banks, credit unions, not for profit by the way and stays to stay with the bank and avoid the fees but maybe only if you have money, investment accounts, maybe a mortgage. how do you avoid the bank fees? >> well, i think that's the main point, christine. we are not hostage to these fees. proactive consumer can avoid them. the thing of free checking is even though we have seen a decline in the availability without strings attached we have seen an increase in the ability to get that fee waved and oftentimes sometimes di
that's not favoring the things it used to. >> that's right. and i fear that the result may be, you know, more people having trouble getting into college and one of the long-term problems affecting our long-term competitive is the proportion of americans going to college has flattened since the 1970s, i fear we're kind of digging ourselves into a hole. >> the thing is even if you get a college degree and you get the debt it slows down your ability in some cases to get married because you are trying to dig out of debt. it slows your ability to buy a home and start home ownership. there's a lot of other economic factors that follow-on from all of this debt. >> yeah, and frankly i think the whole economic model for tertiary education is broken, that costs have risen so much over the last few decades that people are being priced out of the market in a way that i think undermines what a college education is about. >> it certainly feels like a bubble, but the bubble hasn't popped yet and that's what frustrating because american families keep digging deeper to try to pay it for it. i want to br
with me. but i thank you for being here with us. i'll be back with you at the top of the hour, 10:00 eastern time, for more live news. >>> one in four people cheat on their spouse financially. are you one of them? good morning, everyone, i'm christine romance. also ahead, we invest more than $90,000 per student between the ages of 6 and 15. that's a lot of money. is it returning a quality education? >>> plus, do high-achieving students suffer when schools divert resources to struggling students? >>> but first, make your education count, and get the job you want. two-thirds of employers are concerned over the education and skills gap in the u.s. this is according to careerbuilder.com. employers say the most significant skills gaps are in engineering and information technology. so how do you prepare for some of the fastest-growing middle class jobs out there? joannie rugi is the senior vice president and cleave employment analysts at randstad and ellen gordon reeves is author of "can i wear my nose ring to the interview." we'll get to that great title in a moment. but joannie, where
and rick newman is the chief business correspondent for "u.s. news & world report." the white house says this could mean cheaper mortgage payments. >> some say as much as 1.7 million. it probably in practical terms will help a fraction of that. maybe 20%, 30% or so. if you look at the previous efforts, that's sort of the range, you know. we have high hopes and we want it to be able to help more, but frankly, even if it does help 1 million, we've got more than 5 million people who are out there in foreclosure, three months or more behind on their mortgages. so we've got a massive problem we're talking about. and this is just one little element that will help, but it will be a very, very modest impact. >> we've been saying that if there were a silver bullet to fire, we would have fired the silver bullet already. the administration says this is going to increase competition among banks to refinance. why would that be the case? why would banks be more likely to go ahead with it now? >> we see a lot of the larger banks that are out of the market. over the last year or two, we have a lot of sm
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